How To Use The Double Tap Shortcut To Go To The Previous App In Android 7.0

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Android 7.0 has introduced a neat multi-tasking feature called split-view that lets users pin two apps side by side. Users can easily switch between using the two apps. Anyone with a large screen is bound to love the feature but that's not the only new multi-tasking feature that Android 7.0 has introduced. There's a new shortcut that lets users switch to the previous app they were using from anywhere. The shortcut can be used from the home screen, the Google Now screen, the app drawer, and from inside any app. Here's how it works.

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How To Enable Silent Notifications For An App In Android 7.0

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Android 7.0 has made considerable feature and UI changes to notifications. The notifications in Android 7.0 are now grouped together by the app they are from. This has removed the long list of notifications that just filled the notifications panel up. A quick reply feature has been added so that users  can reply to messages and emails from a notification and priority levels have been introduced to keep unimportant notifications from interrupting you. Priority levels for notifications is an experimental feature and it appears to be working well. If you aren't too keen on using an experimental feature to manage notifications you can instead use silent notifications. Silent notifications are set on a per-app basis. A silent notification will make no sound, will not vibrate, and cannot be peaked into. Here's how to set an app to deliver silent notifications. Read More

How To Customize The Display Size In Android 7.0

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Large HD screens have become a feature that phones and tablets alike compete on. Users factor in the pixel density and the physical size of a screen when they buy a device. A larger screen means you can view more content on it and a better display means everything looks better. Of course sharper displays mean the app icons and the text appear much smaller. Android 7.0 comes with a display size customization feature that lets you zoom in on your display. The feature essentially enlarges text and app icons making them easier to navigate. Here's how to customize the display size in Android 7.0. Read More

How To Enable And Set Power Notification Control Levels For Apps In Android 7.0

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All notifications are not created equal and Android 7.0 lets you prioritize the visibility of a notification on a per-app basis. Power Notification Control is an experimental feature for now but you can easily enable it. Giving an app's notifications a lower or higher priority will determine how you receive notifications from the app. An app with very low priority levels will not show a notification in the status bar while an app with a high priority level will be able to show notifications even when Do not disturb is enabled or when you're using a different app in full screen mode. The point is to choose which apps can interrupt you when you're busy with certain tasks on your phone, and which ones can't. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Set A Different Wallpaper For The Lock Screen And Home Screen In Android 7.0

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For a long time now, Android has had a one-wallpaper-to-rule-them-all policy. This doesn't mean all Android users are forever stuck using the same wallpaper with no option to change it. Instead, it means the wallpaper you set for your home screen will also be set for your lock screen. On the surface of it, this looks like a pretty reasonable limitation. When you unlock your screen and transition to the home screen, the wallpaper not changing makes the transition look much smoother. If however, you want to set a different wallpaper for the home screen and the lock screen, you finally have the option to do so in Android 7.0. Here's how. Read More

How To Block All Calls And Messages From A Number In Android 7.0

Call blocking is a feature that older feature phones, and many smart phones have long supported. Call blocking has come and gone in various Android versions in the past. With Android 7.0, it's made a comeback and it is easily smarter than anything else in the smartphone market. Call blocking in Android 7 works globally i.e. a blocked number cannot call or text you over the regular phone/messaging app and it will also block all calls and messages from a number over any and all messaging apps you have installed on your device. Here's how to block a number in Android 7.0. Read More

How To View Two Chrome Tabs Side By Side In Android 7.0

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Android 7 comes with a neat little split view that allows you to pin two apps side by side. The two apps that are pinned can be used simply by tapping them making multitasking on an Android device very easy. Tablet users might get more out of the feature since they have a larger screen to work with. The feature is awesome and Chrome is built to take even more advantage of it. You can pin any two Chrome tabs side by side and switch between them like they were two separate apps. Here's how. Read More

How To Skip The Egg Hatching Animation In Pokèmon Go

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The first egg you hatch in Pokèmon Go will be a truly exciting point in the game for you. It's a milestone that you hit pretty early on. The mystery as to which Pokèmon you will hatch is there as is the hope that you might hatch something rare, depending on the type of egg you're hatching. My first egg hatch was a Magikarp and it helped me adjust to the disappointment that can come with hatching eggs. It's annoying hatching an egg that gives you a useless Pokèmon but it's even more annoying when you're in the middle of catching a Pokèmon and the 'Oh?' screen comes up. Your egg might hatch but the Pokèmon you're trying to catch might get away. Here's how you can skip it if it pops up at an untimely moment. Read More

How To Use Split View In Android 7.0

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Android 7.0 comes with a pretty neat split view that lets you pin two apps side by side. Both apps remain active and you can switch between using the two. The split view works in both portrait and landscape mode. In portrait mode, the two apps you choose to pin appear stacked with one on top of the other. In landscape mode, they appear side by side as they would if you were on a desktop. One app acts as the default active app while the other is one in several active/recent apps that you can choose from. Here's how to use the split view in Android 7.0. Read More

How To Enable Or Disable Data Saver In Android 7.0

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Apps refresh constantly in the background. Not all apps need to periodically fetch fresh data but some of the most frequently used apps are active in the background. Facebook and your email app are two obvious examples that come to mind. Background refresh makes it so that content loads faster when you open an app but it can tax your data plan. If you're on the go and want to conserve data usage, Android 7.0 will let you restrict background data usage by apps. The feature comes in the form of a simple switch you can toggle on/off from the Notifications area. You can restrict apps from refreshing in the background and you can also white list the important ones. Here's how. Read More

How To Add And Access Emergency Information From The Lock Screen In Android 7.0

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Phones have long had an ICE feature back from when they were simple feature phones and not smart phones. As iOS and Android took over the smartphone market, the feature soon disappeared. In old feature phones, this was little more than a phone number that was to be called in case there was an emergency. With smartphones, an emergency contact sheet can be all the more useful. Apple officially included a Medical ID in iOS 8 that allowed anyone to access critical medical and contact information from a locked iOS device. With Android 7.0, Google has introduced Emergency Information; it's a new feature that lets you set emergency points of contact as well as enter basic medical information such as blood group, allergies, medication, and organ donor status, so that it can be accessed from the lock screen. Here's how to add the information and access it from the lock screen. Read More

How To Add A Lock Screen Message In Android 7.0

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Smartphones contain a lot of sensitive information. In addition to contact details, sensitive emails, addresses, and access to social media accounts, smartphones also contain credit card information. Services like Google Wallet mean your phone isn't just a communication device but also a means of getting into your bank account. Naturally, you'll want to lock it so that it's harder for anyone to access it should you lose the device or it gets stolen. In the event that you lose it and someone wants to return it to you, they won't know where to send the device. On Android phones, you can't ask Siri who a phone belongs to but if you're running Android 7.0, you can add a quick point of contact on your screen. The latest version comes with a feature to add a message to the lock screen. This could be your phone number, your home or office address, or your email. Read More

How To Use OneDrive To Search Images And Documents By The Text In Them

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OneDrive is built right into Windows 8 and 10. In fact, recent Windows 7 updates brought more or less the same experiences to the older OS. OneDrive offers a reasonable amount of storage space and given it's part of the OS, it has a few advantages over other cloud drives that have desktop apps for the platform. It also has a very neat feature; optical character recognition. It's what lets apps read text in images and documents that don't have editable text e.g. PDF files. Apart from OCR, OneDrive can search text inside a document or even a text file. This means the poorly named vacation photos in your camera roll and the documents that you didn't name correctly are easier to find based on their content. The search feature is available for both the desktop apps and the iOS and Android apps. Read More

Here’s A Complete List Of How Much XP Is Earned For Each Action In Pokèmon Go

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Leveling up in Pokèmon Go gets harder with each successive level. When you first start out, you only need 1000 XP, 2000 XP, 3000 XP etc to advance to the next level. It's so easy you will never even run out of Pokèballs between levels. The required XP to level up increases with every level. By the time you've reached Level 20, you need 50,000 XP to get to level 21. You can go about this by simply playing the game at your own leisurely pace and racking up the XP as you earn them, or you can get serious about it. Almost everything you do in Pokèmon Go earns you XP but not everything. To level up faster, target in-game actions that will give you the highest XP. Here's a complete list of all actions you can perform in the game and how much XP you earn from each one. Read More

How To Cast A Video From Facebook To Chromecast

YouTube is where some of the best videos live but Facebook is where lower quality bootlegged versions of them are uploaded. Jokes and copyright infringement aside, Facebook has a lot of video content. It might pale in comparison to YouTube but that still doesn't mean you can rule it out as a place to watch videos. Lots of pages run solely by sharing videos and some pages like Mental Floss are actually fun to watch. If you've got a Chromecast hooked up at home, you can even cast a Facebook video to your Chromecast. Here's how. Read More

How To Stop Whatsapp Sharing Data With Facebook

Facebook bought Whatsapp a few years ago. Facebook is known for changing, often revamping itself and anything and everything in its portfolio. Just take a look at the changes Instagram has gone through if you need an example. Uncharacteristically, Facebook left Whatsapps alone for the most part. Some new features were introduced but none that tied the app in as a Facebook-owned product. The change, inevitable as it was, has finally come. Whatsapp will now start sharing your data with Facebook to serve better ads. Before you hurry to uninstall the app though, you should know there's a very simple way to disable this. The news that Whatsapp will be sharing data has been publicized so much, the fact you can opt out of it has more or less been lost. Here's how to opt out. Read More

How To Make Eevee Evolve Into Vaporean, Flareon, And Jolteon In Pokèmon Go

Eevee is one of the most sought after Pokèmon in Pokèmon Go. It's popular among players looking to level up quickly and those looking to dominate gym battles. If you visit one of your nearby gyms, you will likely see at least one evolved Eevee in each one. Eevees evolve into three of the most powerful Pokèmon in the Pokèdex; Vaporean, Flareon, And Jolteon. Even ff you've been playing Pokèmon go for just a while, you likely know there is a trick to controlling which Pokèmon, of the three, an Eevee will evolve into. It's pretty simple and we've detailed it below. Read More

How To Use The Appraise Feature In Pokèmon Go

Pokèmon Go has received an update on both iOS and Android and a new feature called 'Appraise' has been added. Appraisals tell you if the Pokèmon you've caught are any good or not. The Appraisals come from your Team Leaders and tell you if a Pokèmon has noteworthy stats, if it's good for battle or attack, whether its stats are good, and if its size is of any significance. To use the Appraisal feature, you must have upgraded the Pokèmon Go app to version 1.5.0 on iOS and 0.35.0 on Android. With that done, here's how to get an appraisal for your Pokèmon and understand what it means. Read More

How To Drop A Lure On A Pokèstop In Pokèmon Go

Lures in Pokèmon are like incense, except they're better. A lure is an in-game device that is dropped, or more precisely, attached to a Pokèstop. It causes Pokèmon to spawn around the Pokèstop so that anyone who can access it can catch the Pokèmon spawning around it. Where incense works only for the player who has used it, the lure is for everyone. You can buy lures using the in-game currency or you can get them when you reach certain levels. Attaching a lure to a Pokèstop isn't the same as dropping incense. In fact, it's quite different and not really something you can really figure out by just tapping on your screen. Here's how to attach a lure to a Pokèstop. Read More

Find The Best Pokèmon To Evolve Using IV Stats In Pokèmon Go [Guide]

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Evolving Pokèmon in Pokèmon Go takes a long time for most of them. There are very few Pokèmon that can be evolved with a small number of candies. The only way to get candies is of course to catch the same Pokèmon again and again. Once you have the required number of candies you are ready to evolve your Pokèmon. The question is, with so many of the same Pokèmon, which one do you evolve? If you're not one for fighting battles and helping to take over gyms, then it won't matter but if you plan to evolve a Pokèmon  so that it lasts well in a fight, you need to figure out which is the best one to evolve. To do so, you need to figure out which Pokèmon of all the ones you've caught has the best defense, attack, and stamina stats. There is a science, a proper formula to this. Here's what you need to do. Read More